Fondation du Festival de Jazz de Montreux © 1984 - Artwork by Niki de Saint Phalle
Exhibition | 14.04.2016 - 5.06.2016

Jazz Art Posters

50 Years Montreux Jazz Festival
For fifty years great international star musicians have delighted their audience during the Montreaux Jazz Festival. In each year, a new Jazz poster was published designed by artists or musicians, namely Andy Warhol, Keith Hering, Niki de St Phalle, David Bowie etc.. In honor of this anniversary, the Weserburg Museum exhibits all of the posters published so far.
Fondation du Festival de Jazz de Montreux © 1983 - Artwork by Keith Haring (yellow) and © 1985 - Artwork by Shigeo Fukuda

The posters, like the Festival archives, are part of the heritage of the Montreux Jazz Festival. International artists have been given “carte blanche” since the very beginning of the Festival.

Italian photographer Giuseppe Pino was the first to engage in this singular
collaboration between Montreux and visual artists from Switzerland and abroad. In 1972, photographer Hamish Grimes designed the “Seventies” flower power logo. Starting in 1982, the choice of artists was entrusted to Vaud graphic artist PierreKeller. His first invitee, Jean Tinguely, produced a work that marked the  history of the Festival, as the current logo, based on his submission, has become an internationally recognized trademark. Over the years Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Niki De Saint Phalle, François Boisrond, Shigeo Fukuda, Max Bill, Robert Combas, Julian Opie, David Bowie, Phil Collins, Rolf Knie, Zep, and more recently John Armleder, Francis Baudevin, Greg Gorman, Woodkid, and Sylvie Fleury have each given form to their very personal vision for the Festival. Because of the “carte blanche” approach, the Festival logo has never been featured on any posters, as these were each conceived as works of art in their own right. This year the logo is at the heart of the artwork, forming a multihued synthesis of all the posters produced up to now, symbolic of 50 years of artistic encounters that cross genre boundaries.

Admission: Adults EUR 8 / EUR 5. Admission free with jazzahead! registration or exhibitors badge

This exhibition ist part of jazzahead! 2016 with the partner country Swiss. In cooperation with Montreux Jazz Festival. With the generous support of Pro Helvetia, Museumsfreunde Weserburg and Piano-Rosenkranz


The exhibition will include the following concerts:

  • Thursday, April 14th, 19 o'clock: Gabriel Zufferey began composing early and – at the age of 16 - received important prices such as the “Prize for the most promising performer” at the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition and the  “Jury's Special Prize” at the Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His first solo album is highly praised worldwide, among others by the New York City Jazz Record. As part of the exhibition opening: Admission free
  • Saturday, April 23rd, 19 o'clock as part of the jazzahead! clubnight:Swiss trio Plaistow sweep the listener away on a journey across the frontiers between minimalism, trance and trip-hop, showing themselves to be masters of the art of creating and releasing tension – a key ingredient of jazz. Their music has been referenced with Philip Glass, The Necks, Dawn of Midi, Squarepusher and Steve Reich. Individual Tickets: EUR 12 / EUR 8


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